Janice Rude and Prentiss Willson were both going to school in the early 1960s at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. They had no idea that they would end up falling in love.
At the time, Rude was a sophomore who was studying biology and Willson was a freshman who was still adjusting to college life. They had no idea the other existed until one day Willson spotted Rude at the cafeteria on campus. From that moment on, he couldn’t take his eyes off her. He did not suspect that this was the beginning of an epic love story. Willson was intrigued by Rude, but he had no idea that the two were quite different.
Matt and Laura Are Relationship Goals
Matt and Laura have only been married for a short time, but they have been together for years and have learned a couple of things about making a relationship work. They feel that one of the most important things to them is drive and positivity.
“My favorite thing about Matt is his humor, he always makes me happy and he is the most driven person I know,” says Laura. “He is always moving forward.” Matt chimes in, “My favorite thing about Laura is her infectious smile and her desire to help those who are less fortunate. She is a force for good and it’s inspiring to be around her every day.” If Matt and Laura made your heart feel tingly, just wait until you read about this next couple that will make you believe in the enduring power of true love.
Her Father Called Off Her Wedding, But Something She Found in Her Mother’s Purse 50 Years Later Changed Everything
College sweethearts Janice Rude and Prentiss Willson fell in love at first sight. The two spent weeks stealing shy glances at each other in the cafeteria before falling in love. The lovebirds were so smitten that they would end up engaged to be married. Things seemed to be on the right track, until something intervened which cause the pair to break off their engagement and go on to live two completely different lives.
After almost fifty years, a personal tragedy would astonishingly reunite them, and they would not let the mistakes of the past dictate their future together.
Love at First Sight, Naturally
Prentiss and Janice’s first real encounter took place in that exact cafeteria. They accidentally bumped into each other in 1962. Rude was covering her shift at the cafeteria when Willson turned up, looking for something to eat.
They had no idea that the other was going to be there, but when their eyes met, something special happened – they fell in love at first sight. Although Rude and Willson were both so shy during this meeting, that they didn’t even exchange a single word. The two of them couldn’t even meet the other’s eyes without blushing.
Rude’s Father Taught Her an Important Lesson
Let’s go back to their background a bit before delving into the romance. Janice Rude was born and raised in Reno, Nevada to a humble family. When she was just a little girl, Rude’s father taught her that if she wanted to be a success in life, she would have to work very hard.
Rude held the deepest respect for her father and took his lessons to heart and carried them with her into adulthood. Although her parents didn’t pressure her into going to college, they did support her decision once she made it. She felt that being successful meant having a college degree. Rude barely knew anything about Willson, until she ended up reading about his exploits in the local paper.